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If you're one of the few who felt Frankie Edgar deserved to win a decision over Jose Aldo at UFC 156 last night (Feb. 2, 2013) in Las Vegas, Fight Metric, the official statistics provider for the promotion, disagrees. Let's look at the cold hard numbers.
It seems every time Frankie Edgar is involved in a championship bout that goes all five rounds, the decision handed in by the judges is immediately disputed upon its reading by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) ring announcer Bruce Buffer. And while last night's (Sat., Feb. 2, 2013) UFC 156: "Aldo vs. Edgar" event featured a close bout between "The Answer" and Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo, surely this one would be devoid of controversy, right?
No one is screaming "ROBBERY" from the rooftops but scorecards have varied across the Internet from a close win for Edgar to a draw to justification for Aldo having been awarded the unanimous decision. The official scorecards, by the way, read 49-46, 49-46, and 48-47.
UFC President Dana White felt the scoring was a bit wonky but revealed at the post-fight press conference that he did believe Aldo was the rightful winner. The numbers back up his assessment, as well as that of the cageside judges tasked with declaring a winer.
Now let's hear what you think, Maniacs. Was it closer than it looked? Did Edgar deserve to win? Or was Aldo the clear winner and all of this is just silly?